‘Preliminary agreement’ reached to avert shutdown for vanguard news today .
Democratic and Republican lawmakers emerged from a series of meetings Monday night and announced they had reached a deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and to avert another government shutdown, according to CNN.
Shelby and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., worked with the lead House negotiators — Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and Rep.
Kay Granger, R-Texas — to reach the “preliminary agreement.” The larger, 17-member committee that had
conducted a series of meetings in recent days wasn’t part of those talks.
The fate of the deal, however, will depend on agreement from the administration. Leahy and Shelby did not explain how they resolved the most thorny outstanding issues,
Including a dispute over the number of undocumented immigrants Immigration and Customs Enforcement can hold in detention.
Asked whether the White House would support the deal, Shelby said, “We think so. We hope so.”
The first shutdown, which ended Jan. 25 after 35 days, the longest in history, centered around a dispute over how much money Congress would allocate for border security.
But talks now are hung up over a disagreement over how many immigrants can be held at one time by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE is currently holding 48,747 immigrants, an agency spokesman told Yahoo News. The spokesman, who asked not to be identified, said the agency “has some flexibility” to go above the number funded by Congress.
Shelby, before the Monday sessions, said that “the ICE stuff is kind of a big obstacle.”
Trump claimed Monday that the Democrats’ position on beds means they are soft on illegal immigration.
“The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens!” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “This is a brand new demand. Crazy!”